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The Killer

By BlackNinja

I've missed the last two weeks and will catch up later . Dads PC had a disk crash and its taken two weeks to fix it. All photos were backed up but havent been recovered yet .

This was taken in our garden today . The local killer had a success. I would have liked the bird to get away , but saw the kill and got this shot.

Thanks for looking,


Tags: Photo journalism Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: romansnumber7, cameracat, francisg and 125 more

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cameracat 13 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
29 Jun 2008 4:02PM
Good capture, Excellent timing & composition....!

Thats Cats for you, To them it's nothing personal......

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francisg 13 705 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 4:03PM
Putting the AWE! factor aside. it is a well caught image nice and sharp The Cat's expression says it all.

ringyneck 10 315 18 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 4:09PM
Outstanding detail.
You have captured the face of Global warming ! Well "they" blame that for the birds going but we all know it's the garden Moggy to blame.
i have known birds escape but they usually die from streess later.

Great shot.

29 Jun 2008 4:11PM
Lets hope the bird didn't suffer to long, but unfortunately the cat was only following it's instincts.
You captured this well.
harrattp 10 11 4 England
29 Jun 2008 4:12PM
Such clarity in this image and for a junior member too. The instinct of a cat is to kill even if we do not like it, that is nature at it's most cruel.

29 Jun 2008 4:20PM
Very well captured Charlie, super quality and detail.
piccy 11 8 Wales
29 Jun 2008 4:22PM
Good quality shot, ah well, that's what they do.
stevieasp 10 7 England
29 Jun 2008 4:29PM
That,s nature for you, nice to see you back Charlie,
29 Jun 2008 4:32PM
thats the circle of life welcome back
great shot look forward to seeing your shots again
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 4:32PM
welcome back Charlie shame about the bird but you got a good shot out of the event eh!
jackieo 11 1 United States
29 Jun 2008 4:36PM
...nice work !
Dee73 9 England
29 Jun 2008 4:39PM
great shot.
lostintime 9 13 5 Germany
29 Jun 2008 4:40PM
You've captured some great expression there, super timing. I do hope it was a quick kill.
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
29 Jun 2008 4:40PM
A seldom captured moment, great done

janehewitt 14 215 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 4:42PM
A sad shot but excellent capture, show real life, well done Jane
challicew 9 1 1 South Africa
29 Jun 2008 4:42PM
This is a really good photograph, great super sharp detail
Portknockie 13 48 Scotland
29 Jun 2008 4:44PM
A great shot ..full of detail and pin sharp as well...

29 Jun 2008 5:05PM
That's a cracking shot Charlie, great clarity and compostion.... welcome back!

dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 5:14PM
Fantatistic shot. well done
janty66 10 3 England
29 Jun 2008 5:27PM
Hi Charlie, good to see you back. Well timed capture..
Paddy 14 254 8 England
29 Jun 2008 5:40PM
Charlie I wondered what had happened to you ... well caught or is that the cat, yes a part of cats I dont like ... that look in the cats eye, well done SmileP
29 Jun 2008 5:51PM
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
29 Jun 2008 5:52PM
Sad shot but well captured
peter_oak 12 1 England
29 Jun 2008 5:55PM
Well caught both of you.

jove 9 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 5:57PM
Super Shot, well captured,
pity about the bird but it's a way of life for cats.
MRSbiscuit60 9 224 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 6:32PM
What a shame for the bird, but dinner for the cat, good capture, well done.
29 Jun 2008 6:41PM
Nice capture, in every way...
Smile Lucy, rushing before the final...
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 6:46PM
Hi Charlie every photographer's nightmare the crash off the P/C. This is a well timed capture of a real true life thriller - you can see from the comments who is cat lovers and who fight the bird's corner - this is nature but I'm afraid I'm in the birds corner. Domestic cats are to blame for the sharp decline in songbirds as per the RSPB before I get another heated debate going.
29 Jun 2008 6:54PM
Crisp, sharp capture. I agree with Gezina as far as the songbirds are concerned. Graham
29 Jun 2008 6:55PM
what a cracker of a shot.
Maiwand 10 3 73 England
29 Jun 2008 6:55PM
A great capture Charlie. I think you did just the right thing to take the shot. Old Mother Nature is not always the kind lovable soul that we like to think she is.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
29 Jun 2008 7:16PM
Very sad but brilliant capture, great detail in that cats determined face...

photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
29 Jun 2008 7:33PM
Eco system takes place. Great captured of the moment Charlie.
RobMacd 11 21 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 7:50PM
Good shot, but I`d better not comment about cat`s !!!!!!

29 Jun 2008 8:17PM
Well done, bright expression.
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 8:28PM
The eyes are amazing on the cat. It's a shame for the bird but cats will be cats.
Marilyn x
Shroomer 10 14 167 England
29 Jun 2008 8:31PM
Thats life this time of year, the starling never made adulthood
Silverzone 10 2 England
29 Jun 2008 8:31PM
A superb shot, well done. Sylvia
29 Jun 2008 8:38PM
What a super shot you deserve every vote you can get it is sharp and well captured
Newtman 11 2 5
29 Jun 2008 8:40PM
Gruesome, but nature often is. I do think you could have also put this picture in the photojournalism category as well as Wildlife and Pets. Looking at comments on global warming and the lack of songbirds there is plenty of journalistic comment here.
29 Jun 2008 8:42PM
Nice to see you back Charlie. Great shot well timed, is it your Cat? Glad you had all your pic's backed up. Vanda
29 Jun 2008 8:44PM

Quote:Nice to see you back Charlie. Great shot well timed, is it your Cat? Glad you had all your pic's backed up. Vanda

No its not my Cat , its a neighbours - Im more of a dog person
kitsch Plus
11 439 4 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 9:05PM
very well caught!
both you & the cat Smile

congrats on the award too
Hop-A-Long 10 52 1 England
29 Jun 2008 9:08PM
Great capture, both for you and the cat.
KBan 12 501 4 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2008 9:42PM
well captured and well done on the award
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
29 Jun 2008 9:52PM
Blimey Charlie that a bit gruesome. Great capture though, well done.

29 Jun 2008 10:10PM
A well captured shot,nicely composed,Nature red etc,well done,Thanks for giving me my 1st ever 30,keep up the excellent images charlie,David
pip01 9 14
29 Jun 2008 11:43PM
great capture, just a shame the bird was not able to escape. So do you live close to Peterborough then?!
PeelNStick 13 4 United States
30 Jun 2008 1:39AM
Excellent picture. It bears a million words.
fatherpie 9 18 12 England
30 Jun 2008 6:20AM
Well caught and lovely execution (pun intended!). Great shot. Dave
Libby_M 10 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 6:40AM
this is one clear sharp detailed shot
vagabond 11 39 1 Wales
30 Jun 2008 6:49AM
well captured, good timing and a nice sharp shot.Poor birdie.
LesF 11 182 9
30 Jun 2008 7:09AM
Great capture and those eyes they look so intense, well done.

Les F
30 Jun 2008 7:41AM
Nice detail!
Mikelane 10 1 Wales
30 Jun 2008 2:59PM
Stunning capture and excellent timing well done regards
30 Jun 2008 4:22PM
Hi Charlie,
I'm so glad that you commented on my Trio of roses. Because of that I have been able to look at your brilliant portfolio. Well done!!
Shame about the bird but that's what cat's do if given the chance.
Great image all the same.

Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
30 Jun 2008 4:34PM
Fantastic detail and capture.
HenB 9
30 Jun 2008 4:37PM
Hi Charlie , thanks for all the good comments about my photos but
you seem to have a natural talent when it comes to pressing the shutter release.
Squirrel 10 442 6 England
30 Jun 2008 5:10PM
"Nature in tooth and claw." well done
fossilized 13 79 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 5:34PM
What a good shot. Shame about the bird but you have caught the moment brilliantly with a great expression from the cat and good details of its prey.
SRC15 9 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 5:42PM
Awesome Shot Charlie..Missed you photos..Hope ya find all of them

Barbaraj 10 450 England
30 Jun 2008 5:57PM
Well done Charlie. A good action shot.
pigmad95 9 2 England
30 Jun 2008 6:16PM
Brilliant shot Charlie. Well done.
danbrann 13 636 17
30 Jun 2008 8:35PM
An absolutely stunning and competent image by any standards.
bryanmw 10 England
30 Jun 2008 8:50PM
good one charlie Bryan
rmr 10 1 Wales
30 Jun 2008 9:00PM
nature ,perfectly captured
well done
norton 13 6 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 9:02PM
Nice image Charlie,the detail and clarity are superb,well captured.............

Bertadd 10 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2008 9:05PM
Super shot, this is a natural part of the animal world.
IFIMAGE 9 143 Wales
30 Jun 2008 9:54PM
Great Image!
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
30 Jun 2008 10:23PM
A terrrific shot, congratulations on the award
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
1 Jul 2008 7:58AM
A great capture.

BethMN 9 3 England
1 Jul 2008 8:20PM

Quote:Outstanding detail.
You have captured the face of Global warming ! Well "they" blame that for the birds going but we all know it's the garden Moggy to blame.
i have known birds escape but they usually die from streess later.

Great shot.


once, my cat nearly killed a baby bird but it escaped. the next day, it sadly died from stress.
1 Jul 2008 9:25PM

Quote:What a shame for the bird, but dinner for the cat, good capture, well done.

I have never seen a cat kill a bird and then eat it, and thats why I find the whole thing so pointless. I know it's nature, but it saddens me every time I see it happen. (I'm a softie at heart when it comes to animals and birds), however, It's a fine shot and my vote goes for your photographic skill in this one Charlie, a superb shot.
mars 10 England
1 Jul 2008 10:43PM
You really don't need my vote!! but it is such a skillful capture I shall make it up to 101 !!

BEVZED 10 1.1k United Kingdom
2 Jul 2008 8:37AM
Excellent capture!

Congratulations on your Award, well worthy Smile

Bumpkin 10 59 Virgin Islands, U.S.
2 Jul 2008 2:27PM
Fantastic shot what timing, I think i would have shot it with something else given the chance
2 Jul 2008 8:36PM
thank you for all my comments,
and i am happy to get another picture into the 100s
2 Jul 2008 10:18PM
Hi Charlie I've voted on this shot but would like to congratulate you on the award - well done and you really deserve it Graham
franfoto 10 2 32 England
3 Jul 2008 1:06AM
Hi Charlie, I find it very hard to accept the contents of this image but I am a realist and know that it's what cats do. Your record of the event is well worth the two awards, it's brilliant timing.
3 Jul 2008 9:51AM
love ICT can access this !!!!.
thanks again for all the votes. Dad hasnt recovered my other photos yet as he is too busy with grandad in hospital so it might be a week or so befor I post another pic . I will keep looking at your pics . Also added this into journalism cat as suggested
3 Jul 2008 5:58PM
superb capture charlie....peter
3 Jul 2008 8:53PM
A sad but fantastically caught image, well done
anpix 9 88 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2008 9:10PM
Great photo
Ray42 9 3 England
4 Jul 2008 7:32AM
About time young man we had some more of your pics. - Now this is a really great shot - Well timed and although gruesome great - keep it up Charlie
7 Jul 2008 3:25PM
Excellent capture.

podgod 13 513 3 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2008 8:24PM
Nice one, both the awards are well deserved, have another.
GlenD 10 United States
9 Jul 2008 2:56AM
Just a cat doing what a cat does best, shame for the bird though.
Excellent capture with brill detail. when I catch up with everyone I'll be back to have a good look through your pf

m3lem 11 England
9 Jul 2008 5:40PM
Fantastic shot Charlie - your pictures just get better amd better - brilliant. Poor bird though.
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2008 7:56PM
Absolutely brilliant image Charlie - striking detail and focus!
STEVELIN 9 161 3 Ireland
18 Jul 2008 8:54AM
fantastic close up, keep up the good work well done
rachaelk 9 1
22 Jul 2008 8:57PM
great shot love it well done

25 Jul 2008 10:12AM
lovely shot
dancingqueen Grin
sneal 10 5 7 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2008 4:33AM
Awesome photo Charlie, as always. You really do have a talent - keep up the good work.

Will resist the temptation to go on about the impact of domestic cats on the local wildlife - it's been said before...

Please to hear your Dad had the PC backed up. A reminder to us all to be disciplined.
dickiedriver 11 212 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2008 6:43PM
Great shot Charlie, really nice detail in both the cat and his prey well done and keep up the great pictures

imander 10 388 7 United Kingdom
2 Sep 2008 4:49PM
Hi, I 've just found this image and have to say although late, a big congratulations on a fantastic capture,
you really captured this real life scene so well, very impressive, well done and well done on the j.award
ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 11:14AM
Good work...
Well done....
28 Feb 2009 7:33PM
Great capture. Well done! Melissa
6 Mar 2009 9:06PM
Nice shot

marc484ie 10 31 1 Ireland
23 Aug 2009 12:27PM
Perfect shot well done.

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